There are stories of a sword that can boil oceans that was created by Ulraek, the flame-maned lion god of the sun. The sword appears to have passed through the hands of mortals from time to time and epic stories form a trail of ownership, but no one is certain of its whereabouts or if the existence is true.
Our narrator is a man from a noble and wealthy house. He is well-educated for his time and place and has been enjoying a leisurely tour of the country for a few years. When he begins to tell us the story, he claims to already have the sword in his possession. Because he understands that the story he about to convey will be misconstrued as apocryphal, he attempts to ensure the reader of his sincerity by giving us an oath:
“To make no attempt to deceive, alter, or corrupt the truth.”
This first person account, told as a long tale of the narrator’s past, depicts how he learned of the secret passages to the other realms where the gods reside. He intends to speak to Ulraek face-to-face and ask for the sword in a most straightforward manner. But as gods are usually fickle and cryptic creatures, our narrator leaves empty-handed. So how does he possess the sword?
Read this tale to find out.
I enjoyed reading this first short story in the collection of the Chronicles of the Sunsword by Brenden Parkins. Lovers of myth and fantasy will enjoy the well-described characters. Our narrator, Jal’Derren, is a man free of any familial obligations, the son of a general and a council member, well-read and well-taught by his father. Jal’Derren suffers from wander-lust, and he enjoys traveling far and wide. His father is the keeper of a large library and a vast amount of internal knowledge, and he wishes his son would return home, marry, and prepare to take possession of the estate and wealth. He would be greatly honored for his son to wield Suthara, the Sunsword. I’m interested to see how the Chronicles progress.
4 Stars – An enjoyable story with world-building and myth-building that enhance the telling of the tale. I found a couple of spots that were confusing about the geographical map I built in my mind as I read, and the father makes a confusing back-pedal on his statements that almost makes me wonder if the old man is senile.
Available on Amazon.com along with the continuation of the Chronicles.